2019 Green Valley Community farm CSA Membership Agreement
Please read the summary and agreements below thoroughly. The sign-up form follows.
Becoming a member of Green Valley Community Farm's CSA program means signing-up to support the farm at the beginning of the growing season and in-turn becoming shareholders of the harvest, receiving a share of the farm’s harvest of produce, herbs, and flowers each week as well as access and invitations to participate!
Your Share Includes:
26-weeks of abundant produce: We harvest the bulk of the produce for Tuesday and Saturday harvest pick up. For 26 weeks from the start of the harvest season, you or a member of your share may come to the barn to fill up their Green Valley Community Farm tote bag with their choice of seasonal, freshly-harvested crops. All produce is picked up at our barn located at at 13024-E Green Valley Rd. in Sebastopol. What you take home is up to you! Some crops will have weekly limits due to the arc of the seasons, or scarcity for other reasons, for example, 1 melon per share per week or 1 pints of strawberries per share per week.
Access to all u-pick fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers: Members have access to all of our u-pick crops, flowers, and herbs. These crops do not have to fit in your Green Valley tote bag. U-pick crops may be harvested on any day of the week, sunrise-to-sunset, and many are unlimited. We ask that when picking, you be mindful of your fellow CSA members and take a reasonable amount. We will post limits next to u-pick crops when scare to ensure all members can get some.
Open access to the farm: Members are welcome to visit the farm, sunrise to sunset, 7-days a week, to gather u-pick crops, take walks, picnic, or enjoy the open space.
You will receive a weekly newsletter including what to expect for the week’s harvest and u-pick crops, updates from your farmers, farm news, recipes, etc.
You will receive your tote bag and orientation your first time on the farm, outlining farm etiquette and safety.
harvest pick-up Logistics:
Harvest pick up days and times: Members may come collect their harvest share once each week, either on Saturday from 9am - 1pm or Tuesday from 1pm - 6pm. If you are not able to make it to a harvest pick-up day because of travel or other circumstances, you are welcome to send friends or family in your stead. The farm and garden are open for u-picking 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.
Start and end date: Harvest pick-up will run for 26 weeks from around early June through November. Each year’s exact start date depends on the preceding winter's rain and usually falls between mid-May and mid-June. For example, in 2017 harvest pick-up ran from June 17th to December 12th.
Membership dues are based on how many adults are going to be eating from your harvest pick-up each week. Do you live with a housemate and share meals with them? You would be a Two-Adult share. Do you want to share your harvest tote with a friend that you don’t live with each week? You would also be a Two-Adult share. For households, each adult should in the household should be counted regardless of their degree of participation on the farm or vegetable consumption. Kids ride free.
one free-choice bag for a SINGLE-ADULT household SHARE: $800 ($30.77 PER WEEK)
one free-choice bag for a TWO-ADULT HOUSEHOLD SHARE: $1,200 ($46.15 PER WEEK)
one free-choice bag for a THREE-ADULT HOUSEHOLD SHARE: $1,450 ($55.77 PER WEEK)
Are you a four adult household? let us know when you sign-up below…
Payment Schedule: A $100 deposit is required upon sign-up to reserve your spot. Full payment can be made upfront or in three installments. If paying in full, payment is due upon sign-up. If paying in installments: A $100 deposit is due upon sign-up; the first installment is due by April 1st; the second installment on June 1st; and the third installment on August 1st, 2019.
Sharing a share: You may share a share with another household only if you are going to be alternating weeks (for example, two couples alternating weeks, or two individuals alternating weeks). Households sharing a share are asked to not “stock-up” on vegetables for the off week, that would be an abuse of the community farm model. We ask that people sharing a share choose a point person to coordinate payment with us and scheduling within your share. Please let us know if, and with whom, you will be sharing a share when signing up. Groups sharing a share will be charged an additional $12 for an extra tote bag to insure that each household has one.
Share price Assistance Fund : Sustainably grown local food and farmland access should be available to everyone. Please consider making a contribution towards our share Price Assistance Fund below when signing up. This fund goes directly to families and individuals who would like to join the CSA but are in need of a reduced price share. To request Share Price Assistance, please indicate so in the sign-up form below.
Refunds: Please sign up for a season membership only with the assurance that you'll be able to enjoy it all year. If you need to cease membership mid-season due to unforeseen circumstances, we ask that you please find someone to take over your share. The reason for this is that your membership dues are used early in the season to pay for the upfront costs (seeds, compost, equipment, overhead costs, etc.) that are needed to plant out the fields and garden and grow the food for your share.
Safety guidelines: By signing below you are confirming that you have read and understood our farm safety guidelines and agree to abide by them at all times while on the farm.
Shared risk: By joining the CSA, you agree to share in the risks of the growing season with the farmers and fellow members. This can mean crop scarcities and even failures. Some years it may mean no strawberries. Some years it may mean a bumper crop of strawberries. By signing up, you understand that your farmers, for reasons outside of their control, cannot guarantee the success of individual crops in any given season and you are sharing in the risks of agriculture with them.
Liability release: By signing below you agreeing to our liability release, waiving Green Valley Community Farm, Green Valley Farm + Mill, and affiliated organizations from any liability for injuries resulting from your attendance on the property or participation in the CSA.
If you have any questions about the farm or about becoming a CSA member, or would like to schedule a visit, please send an email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.